Autumn bulb market variable but future hope high

Taylor's Bulbs marketing director Adam Taylor said this season has been "variable" for the autumn bulb market, but he has hope for the cut your own spring 2011 market.

He said: "The majority have found it tough-going and they are happy to be in the same position as last year. A few people struggled. The only conclusion we can come to is the weather. We are not going to be looking at autumn sell-throughs of any significant nature."

But he added: "For spring there is interest in seed potatoes and a lot of people are saying they want them for pre-Christmas delivery."

He said dahlias and other small flowering bulbs are growing in popularity "because they can fill so much of the colour spectrum and are good value for money. Even gladioli, which have been in the doldrums for years, are receiving renewed interest. There is an expanding market with allotment gardeners growing cut flowers. The cut your own trend could happen if the market develops it."

Taylor's annual bulb display competition was won by Millbrook Garden Company of Gravesend. Taylor said the Bulbland competition was a "useful incentive for managers to motivate staff".

BULBLAND WINNERS

- National winner: Millbrook Garden Company, Gravesend

- Joint national runners-up: Planters Garden Centre, Staffordshire and CW Groves & Sons, Dorset

- Highly commended: Burford Garden Company, Oxfordshire.


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